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Dick Tracy by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

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  1. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 9 hours ago

    Well, that explains this weird sidetrack into Comics Con, which otherwise is doing nothing much to further the story line……..

    Well, it’s specifically a monster con, rather than a comics con. There are actually many of them., and I gather that they are more focused on horror movies that on comics. As for whether it advances the story line, I think it’s too soon to say one way or the other.

  2. Neil Wick commented on Gasoline Alley about 10 hours ago

    Very nicely done!

  3. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 10 hours ago

    Sara Karloff is a friend of Joe’s and Mike’s and gave special permission for them to use the likeness of her father, of which she holds all rights.

  4. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 14 hours ago

    Had to laugh when I read that. Isn’t “birk” British slang for a fool/jerk/idiot?

    I had to look that up, because I hadn’t heard it before, but you’re right; it’s rhyming slang for Birkley Hunt (rhymes with c***) “commonly used as a light hearted, almost affectionate insult, referring to someone who is a bit silly, or has done something stupid.”

  5. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 14 hours ago

    Um… FANGS! I think two sharp pointy fangs protruding over blood red lipstick might , just maybe, imply she is a Vampire?

    I didn’t specifically notice the fangs until you pointed it out, but I think she is a vampire, so that fits into the monster theme.

  6. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 14 hours ago

    Well, technically, they did tell people to ask their doctors if they had anemia. Listen to Betty White in 1954 (Geritol was introduced in 1950): “… it’s a better idea to check with your doctor… Doctors have a special name for it. They call it ‘iron deficiency anemia’ but we call it ‘tired blood.’”

    This is more than likely the source for the well-known I Love Lucy Vitameatavegamin episode. Betty White takes a swig and says, “And it’s good-tasting, too.” (Geritol was 12% alcohol, no doubt explaining why Lucy got so drunk over multiple takes.)

    Anyway, they still had snake-oil-type claims and were fined over $800,000 in 1965 by the Federal Trade Commission after 6 years of investigation.

    Here’s Lucy, just for direct comparison purposes:

  7. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 19 hours ago

    I remember Geritol was being touted as a treatment for something non-existent, like ‘tired blood.’

    It’s not that “tired blood” is non-existent. They even explained in some commercial I watched yesterday that it was just their less technical-sounding way of describing iron deficiency anemia. The problem is that they seemed to suggest that everyone who was tired was lacking iron, whereas anemia is much less common than they were suggesting. So, yes, it’s a bit of a “snake-oil salesman” thing for that reason. More recently, the dangers of overdosing on iron have become apparent.

  8. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 19 hours ago

    Even worse than the awful Geritol ad is the “Every kiss begins with Kays” campaign.

    It’s a pun because the business is called “Kay” and the word “kiss” always begins with a “k,” but I get what you’re saying. I recently heard one of those ads for the first time.

    Here in Canada, the big chain is Birks: “Everyone knows that happiness comes in a Birks blue box.” I suppose that the jewellery maybe represents the happiness, though doesn’t cause it. They are really selling a feeling rather than the goods themselves. That’s the jewellery business.

  9. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 19 hours ago

    Most people I know hate car alarms and have since their noisy introduction.

    Mine at least has never gone off except once when I accidentally hit the panic button, but I shut it off quickly then. I used to be in a university class where there was a car alarm outside going off constantly through the class. Nobody pays attention to those because there are so many false alarms.

  10. Neil Wick commented on Dick Tracy about 19 hours ago

    The young lady with the purple hair…… there’s nothing “monster” that I can see associated with her.

    She may not be dressed as a monster but I think she’s in costume. I don’t see anyone in my neck of the woods walking around in one of those bustier-type-things. She might actually be the one speaking in the third panel. Whoever that is apparently saw “that Karloff guy” before, and I think she saw him before.